Grahamstown Journal 1868 - 3 - July to September
Wednesday 1 July 1868
BIRTH at King Williamstown on the 29th inst, the wife of Mr. John M. PEACOCK of a daughter.
Friday 3 July 1868
MARRIED at Hammonds on the 30th June, by the Rev J. Wilson, Wesleyan Minister, Daniel James ROBERTS, of Blake Ridge, Graaff-Reinet, son of D. ROBERTS Esq, Grahamstown, to Margaret Mortimer BOOTH, daughter of B. BOOTH Esq, of Hammonds, near Fort Beaufort. No cards.
Hammonds, 30th June 1868
DIED on the 24th ult, at the house of Mr. McDONALD, on Woest-hill, from internal injuries occasioned by falling under the wheel of a loaded wagon, Stephen Robert, son of William GRADWELL, of Kasouga Farm, Kasouga Mouth, aged 19 years and 3 months. Mr. GRADWELL hereby expresses his sincere thanks to the numerous friends who sympathised with him in the hour of distress. He would particularly mention the names of Mr. and Mrs. McDONALD and Mrs. JENNINGS, who did all in their power to alleviate the sufferings of the deceased in his last moments, and afterwards prepared the body for burial. The deceased was a dutiful son, a fond brother, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him for his unassuming and obliging disposition.
Wednesday 8 July 1868
MARRIED at Port Elizabeth on the 30th June, by the Rev T. Guard, Philip Tipping JONES, Grahamstown, to Mary JORDAN, Port Elizabeth. No cards.
DIED at Kruis Vontein, on the 8th July 1868, Anna Maria BOWKER Sen, relict of the late Miles BOWKER, of Tharfield, aged 87. Friends at a distance will please accept this notice.
DIED on Tuesday 7th inst, Dudley North, third and beloved sun of Mr. C.R. GOWIE. “He died in the Lord”.
THE LATE MR. DUDLEY GOWIE
It is with much regret that we have to record the death of Dudley, third son of Mr. C.R. GOWIE, of this city. Dudley GOWIE was a young man of much promise and of many estimable qualities, and his early and unexpected death has been felt acutely by all who knew him. It has been felt the more, as he was about to leave for England in the Loch Awe, arrangements having been completed by which he was to enter the University of Aberdeen as a medical student. Dudley was for some time senior scholar at Shaw College, was gold medallist in 1867, and had previously obtained the highest distinction in several classes. He was much in favour with his fellow students, by whom he was more than once chosen as “the best liked boy”. He was a member of the Wesleyan Young Men’s Society. It is only a few weeks ago that he read before the Society a well-considered paper on a subject of much interest. Diligent and determined as a student, kindly in disposition, and many in the maintenance of the religion he professed, he promised well, and justified the hopes of his family and friends. Those hopes have now another direction. Restat iter coelo.
Wednesday 15 July 1868
BIRTH on the 9th instant, Mrs. John WEDDERBURN of a daughter.
BIRTH on the 12th instant, at Waterloo Place, Grahamstown, the wife of Mr. Montagu A. ARMSTRONG of a daughter.
MARRIED at Peddie on Thursday July 9th, by the Ven Archdeacon Kitton, J.P. Mansel WEALE Esq to Anne, second daughter of W.M. EDYE Esq, Civil Commissioner and Resident Magistrate of Peddie.
DIED at Grahamstown on Thursday 9th July, Thomas Henry, aged 4 years and 1 month; also, on the 12th, Walter George, aged 1 year and 10 months, only sons of Benjamin and Louisa PATRICK. Friends at a distance will please accept this notice.
Friday 17 July 1868
DIED at Grahamstown, July 16th 1868, Edward Henry George, only and beloved son of C.C. and S. PERRING, aged 18 months.
Friday 24 July 1868
MARRIED on the 14th instant, at the Dutch Reformed Church, Lady Grey, near Aliwal North, by the Rev D. Ross MA, John Thomas, eldest son of John AUSTEN Esq JP and Superintendent of the Native Reserve, Wittebergen, to Susannah Elizabeth, second daughter of the late Cornelius HOLTSHAUZEN Esq of Quagga’s Flat, near Uitenhage. No cards.
Wednesday 29 July 1868
DIED at Grahamstown July 26 1868, Grace, the 4th daughter of W. PAXTON Sen, and the beloved wife of Mr. Gorge PENN, aged 25 years and 8 months. Friends at a distance will please accept this notice.
Mr. PAXTON desires to thank the ministers and friends for their kindness and sympathy during his late daughter’s sickness.
Wednesday 5 August 1868
Assigned Estate of Henry HOLLIDAY, Hotel-keeper, Somerset East
Notice is hereby given that the above Estate has been fully and entirely released from the restraint imposed upon it by a certain Deed of Assignment in my favour, dated at Somerset on the 7th January 1868. And that Mr. HOLLIDAY has been this day discharged from all further obligations arising out of the Debts Scheduled under the said Assignment.
Given under my hand at Somerset East this 29th day of July 1868
E. Brooke SMITH qq H.B. DEARE
Somerset East, July 30 1868.
BIRTH at Market-square, August 2, the wife of Mr. Geo. REYNOLDS of a daughter.
Friday 7 August 1868
MARRIED in Commemoration Chapel on Wednesday the 5th August by the Rev G.H. Green, Mr. R. KING, of Queenstown, to Alice, eldest daughter of John WEBB Esq of this city.
Grahamstown, August 7th 1868
In the Insolvent Estate of George CLARKE of Howard’s Party
An Interim Dividend in the above Estate is now payable at the office of the Frontier Fire and Marine Insurance Guarantee, Loan and Trust Company, of Grahamstown.
T. BROOKS, Trustee
4th August 1868
Wednesday 12 August 1868
DIED at Healdtown on Sunday 9th August, Harriet Langford, daughter of Rev William IMPEY, General Superintendent of Wesleyan Missions. Aged 13 years.
Wednesday 19 August 1868
Grahamstown Fire and Marine Assurance Company
Notice to Creditors
In the Insolvent Estate of Charles TALBOT of Salem
All Persons claiming to be creditors under this Estate are required to take notice that the Undersigned has been duly elected to, and confirmed in, the appointment of Sole Trustee of the said Estate, and that the Master has appointed the third meeting to be held before the Resident Magistrate of Grahamstown, on the on Wednesday next, 26th day of August, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, for the proof of Debts, for receiving the Trustee’s Report, and also for the purpose of giving directions to the said Trustee as to the management of the said Estate; and all persons indebted to the said Estate are required to pay the same to the Undersigned on or before the 31st August 1868, or proceedings will be instituted against them.
John CROXFORD, Sec. Sole Trustee.
Friday 21 August 1868
DIED, August 18th, Emily Maud, daughter of Mr. Geo. REYNOLDS, Market-square. Aged 16 days.
Monday 24 August 1868
THE LATE SIR WILLIAM HODGES
It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce the death of Sir William HODGES, Chief Justice of the colony, which occurred yesterday morning, at his residence at Sea Point. So sudden and so totally unexpected was this painful event, that the news of it, when first announced, was hardly credited. Sir William had been slightly unwell at the beginning of last week, and was unable to take his seat in Court, but the public, and, we believe, his family, had no idea that his illness was of a serious nature, or that any danger was to be apprehended. During Saturday night, however, and Sunday, the symptoms became more decided in their character, and early yesterday morning the illness terminated in death. The direct cause of death was congestion of the lungs, aggravated by general physical weakness.
The late Chief Justice was the eldest son of W.HODGES Esq of Weymouth, Dorsetshire, and was born in 1808. He was called to the Bar in 1833, and joined the Western Circuit, where he enjoyed a fair practice, and some years afterwards was appointed Recorder of Poole. His chief contribution to legal literature was the well-known work on Railway Law. In 1857 he accepted the appointment of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Cape of Good Hope. Both in this position and in that of President of the Legislative Council, Sir William HODGES succeeded in winning the regard and esteem of all those with whom he came in contact. In the Supreme Court his clear legal perception, the strong common sense which distinguished his judgements, and his affable and courteous manners, rendered him not only a Judge under whom it was pleasant to practise, but one also with whose decisions the profession and the public were both well satisfied. In his position of President of the Legislative Council he fearlessly and ably advocated those views which were the result of his own honest convictions, and whilst doing so, always maintained the dignity of his position, as well as the greatest courtesy to those who happened to differ with him. The deepest sympathy will, we feel sure, be felt by everyone for his family, afflicted and bereaved by so sudden and so grievous a calamity.
In consequence of the lamented decease of Sir William HODGES, arrangements have been made for temporarily supplying his place, and for filling up the complement of Judges both here and in the Eastern Province. Mr. BELL will, of course, be appointed Acting Chief Justice, until a permanent appointment has been made by the Home Government. Mr. FITZPATRICK has been telegraphed for from the East as the Puisne Judge next in order of seniority to Mr. DENNYSEN, and has, we believe, already signified his intention to come down as quickly as possible. Mr. DWYER, the new Judge from England, will, we believe, remain here until Mr. DENNYSEN reaches Capetown, and finally, Mr. COLE has been appointed Acting Judge in the Eastern Province, until such time as Her Majesty’s pleasure in reference to the vacancy shall be known. We heartily congratulate Mr. COLE on his elevation to the Bench. His appointment will, we believe, be popular in the East, and the new Judge from England will certainly find it a great advantage to have so accomplished a lawyer, and one so read I colonial law, by his side.
The Funeral of the late lamented Chief Justice, Sir William HODGES, took place on Wednesday afternoon. The cortege left Sea Point House shortly after 2pm, and arrived at Rondebosch Church about half past four. Along the line of route the shops were almost universally closed, and the windows of private houses had the blinds drawn down. The bells of the different churches tolled at intervals. The Funeral Service was impressively read by the Ven Archdeacon THOMAS. The Funeral was attended by the Governor, the Bar, and a very large number of members of the different professions and of the mercantile community.
Grahamstown Fire and Marine Assurance Company
Notice to Creditors
In the Insolvent Estate of Maurice SHERIDAN, Canteen-keeper of Grahamstown
All Persons claiming to be creditors under this Estate are required to take notice that the Undersigned has been duly elected to, and confirmed in, the appointment of Sole Trustee of the said Estate, and that the Master has appointed the third meeting to be held before the Resident Magistrate of Grahamstown, on the on Wednesday next, August 26, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, for the proof of Debts, for receiving the Trustee’s Report, and also for the purpose of giving directions to the said Trustee as to the management of the said Estate; and all persons indebted to the said Estate are required to pay the same to the Undersigned on or before that day, or proceedings will be instituted against them.
John CROXFORD, Sec. Sole Trustee.
Friday 28 August 1868
BIRTH on the 21st inst at Somerset-street, Grahamstown, the wife of Joseph LAWRANCE of a daughter.
BIRTH at Smithfield, Orange Free State, the wife of Mr. Richard HARVEY of a son.
Wednesday 2 September 1868
DIED, 29th August 1868, Clifford Charles, second son of Charles and Sarah Ann WEBB. Aged 4 months. “For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven”.
DIED on the 29th August, at the residence of Mr. D. ROBERTS, Oatlands, Albina Ine, third daughter of William and Jane WEBB, of Mill River. Aged 3 years and 4 months.
DIED at Grahamstown this morning, August 2nd, Mr. Henry WELSH, of Oliphant’s Hoek, in the 58th year of his age, leaving a wife and large family to mourn their irreparable loss.
Friday 4 September 1868
THE CATASTROPHE AT THE KATBERG SPRUIT
The telegraphic communication from Fort Beaufort, received on Thursday morning, excited, it is scarcely necessary to say, wherever its contents were made known, emotions of profound sorrow. The mournful intelligence was broken to the family by the Rev A. HAY, of whose church Mrs. ORSMOND had for many years been a useful, pious and consistent member. The deceased lady, we may also remark, was an active supporter of the Ladies’ Benevolent Society. She has left three sons and two daughters, and was returning from a visit to one of her daughters, who had been recently confined – Mrs. HARVEY of Smithfield, Orange Free State – when the sad accident took place. A further telegram was received this morning, stating that the endeavour being put forward to recover her remains, had up to that time be [sic] unsuccessful. Mr. ORSMOND Jun left down for the scene of the disaster immediately upon receiving the tidings, and his return will be anxiously awaited. Of Mr. Alfred EDWARDS, who was drowned at the same place, we learn that on Monday last he opened a drapery store at Queenstown, and was travelling on Wednesday to Port Elizabeth, with the object of returning with Mrs. EDWARDS and family; unhappily, his intention was frustrated. We perceive from the Representative, which arrived here with the other papers yesterday afternoon in a very saturated and damp state, after being in the water several hours, that the rain did not set at Queenstown until Friday morning. Our contemporary states that the downpour continuing on Saturday, most of the rivers were swollen. On that day the post horses, it is added, had to swim through the Blinkwater, Ox Kraal and Zwart Kei rivers, while at the Klaas Smits the water came up to the horses’ shoulders. The Komani was also flooded.
Monday 7 September 1868
MARRIED at Philipton, Kat River, on Wednesday 26th August by the Rev James READ, assisted by the Revds. Messrs. Thomson, De Villiers and Van Rooyen, the Rev John BROWN of the Bechuana Mission to Sarah Elizabeth Bulley READ. No cards.
DIED on the 6th Sept 1868, John Earle, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. READ of Grahamstown. Aged 3 months and 3 weeks.
MARRIED on the 4th Sept 1868 by the Rev Mr McIntosh, at Port Elizabeth, the Rev James G. ROBERTSON, Lovedale, to Elizabeth BLACK, eldest daughter of Mr. John BLACK, Lassodie, Fifeshire, Scotland. No cards.
Friday 11 September 1868
DIED at Grahamstown on the 28th August 1868, after an illness of three weeks, Else Johanna Catherine Elizabeth, beloved wife of G.W. PARR, of New Year’s River, aged 31 years and 11 months.
DIED on the 28th August at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. J. FLETCHER, Cuylerville, District of Bathurst, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of the late Mr. Geo. CLAYTON Senr. Aged 77 years and 7 months, who leaves a large family to mourn their loss. Friends at a distance will please accept this notice.
3rd September 1868.
Monday 14 September 1868
BIRTH at Daggaboer on Wednesday 9th September 1868, Mrs. Jabez WEEKS of a daughter.
BIRTH at Grahamstown on the 13th September 1868, the wife of Henry CLARK of a son.
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND Deaths
HARVEY – At Smithfield, Orange Free State, the wife of Mr. Richard HARVEY of a son.
LAWRANCE – At Grahamstown, on the 21st ult, the wife of Mr. Joseph LAWRANCE of a daughter.
BROWN – READ At Philipton, Kat River, on the 26th ult, the Rev John BROWN of the Bechuana Mission to Sarah Elizabeth BULLEY READ.
ROBERTSON – BLACK At Port Elizabeth on the 4th inst, the Rev James G, ROBERSTON, Lovedale, to Elizabeth BLACK, eldest daughter of Mr. John BLACK, Lassodie, Fifeshire, Scotland.
CLAYTON – At Cuylerville, district of Bathurst, on the 28th ult, the beloved wife of the late Mr. Geo. CLAYTON Senr. Aged 77 years and 7 months.
IMPEY – At Healdtown, on the 9th ult, Harriet Langford, daughter of the Rev William IMPEY, General Superintendent of Wesleyan Missions. Aged 13 years.
PARR – At Grahamstown on the 28th ult, after an illness of three weeks, Else Johanna Catherine Elizabeth, the beloved wife of G.W. PARR, of New Year’s River. Aged 31 years and 11 months.
READ – At Grahamstown on the 6th inst, William John Earle, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert READ. Aged 3 months and 3 weeks.
REYNOLDS – At Grahamstown on the 18th ult, Emily Maud, daughter of Mr. Geo. REYNOLDS. Aged 16 days.
TIDBURY – At Grahamstown, on the 22nd ult, Ellen TIDBURY, formerly wife of George TIDBURY, 85th Regiment. Aged 48 years.
WEBB – At Grahamstown, on the 29th ult, Albina Ine, third daughter of William and Jane WEBB, of Mill River. Aged 3 years and 4 months.
WELSH – At Grahamstown, on the 2nd inst, Mr. Henry WELSH, late of Oliphant’s Hoek. Aged 58 years.
Wednesday 16 September 1868
LAMENTABLE EVENT NEAR BRISTOL
We learn, with deep regret, that Mr. Robert CALDECOTT, son of the Mayor of this City, has been accidentally drowned. The young gentleman whose premature end we deplore had distinguished himself as a medical student, and had before him, apparently, a long career of honourable activity. The following extract from a private letter, received by a friend here this morning, describes the sad occurrence.
“Wick, St.Laurance, Weston-super-Mare, Aug 14 1868. I take my pen, with a trembling hand, to tell you the sad event that happened here on Monday the 27th day of July, to poor dear Robert CALDECOTT. I will detail the events as they occurred, that you may tell the tidings to his sorrowing parents. Poor fellow! He was drowned whilst bathing in the wash with Joseph GRIFFIN, Willy GRIFFIN and my son John. About 11:30am they started to the Wash to see the sheep, as I wished, but when down there, the tide was just up, which induced them to get into the boat and go into the river for a bathe. Robert at first said “I will mind the boat and you shall bathe”; but after a while, seeing the others enjoying themselves, he took off all his clothes with the exception of his socks and trowsers and pitched a somersault into the water, just opposite where the Coast Guard vessel stood; they then all got into the boat again, and went about twenty yards further up the river. Robert said to Joseph “Can you swim in trowsers? I have made mine wet, do put them on and try”. John did so, leaving Robert in the boat. In less than five minutes after, whilst John was swimming round the boat, he felt Robert catch hold of him, and finding that he was bearing both of them down, Joseph struck out for the boat, but with the encumbrance of the trowsers and Robert’s weight he could not get on, and felt himself sinking. Robert then let go and sank to rise no more. John says if he (Robert) had held on one minute longer, they must have both been drowned. Joseph thinks that Robert felt they would be both drowned and like a hero relinquished his hold to save Joseph – perhaps the cramp or numbness seized him. He rose about two yards from Joseph, hands and knees together, and sunk to rise no more. This was about a quarter to twelve. Joseph was too exhausted to dive. John [HELIER?] was in the boat, about forty yards from the place, and Willy had swum across the river to this side. They waited to see if they could in any wise recover the body, but could not, until two hours after, when the tide left him high and dry on the Kingston side of the river.”
Friday 18 September 1868
BIRTH at Grahamstown on the 15th September 1868, the wife of Mr. W. MONTGOMERY, of Trompetors, of a son.
DIED suddenly at “Thaba Nuchu” on Sunday morning, the 6th September 1868, Benjamin H. JAMES, at the age of 76 years a 2 months, leaving a numerous circle of friends to mourn their loss. He was one of the British Settlers of 1820. Friends at a distance will please accept this notice.
Wednesday 23 September 1868
MARRIED at Queenstown on the 9th instant, by the Rev H.H. Dugmore, assisted by the Rev W.C. Webb, Stephen MORUM to Sarah Ann WEAKLEY, second daughter of John WEAKLEY Esq. No cards.
THE LATE MR. CHARLES WEBB
We regret to say that Mr. Charles WEBB, well known to almost everyone in this town, died yesterday morning, after a comparatively brief attack of illness. Mr. WEBB was a man who had a character of his own. He was intelligent, enquiring, possessed of no small stock of humour, and had a lively style of talk and writing. He possessed a fund of anecdotes illustrative of a Settler’s life, since 1820; and his stories of men and things were often graphically told. He was thinking of putting together his recollections of the Settlement in the form of a little memorial for the Jubilee year; but death has prevented that. Mr. WEBB will be long remembered as a quaint friendly old man, who made no fortune, but whom everybody liked.
Wednesday 30 September 1868
DIED at Alfred’s Drift, Komga, Albany on 17th September 1868, after a prolonged illness, Dorothea Maria (born FERREIRA), wife of John AUSTIN Esq; deeply lamented by her bereaved husband, friends and relations.
DIED at Grahamstown, 30th September 1868, Mr. Charles WEBB, at the age of 71 years and 5 months. He arrived in this Colony with the British Settlers on the 30th April 1820, and now leaves a sorrowing family and a large circle of sympathising friends. The funeral takes place on Thursday afternoon at half past 3. Deceased having been so generally known in this City, no special invitations have been issued, and all friends are respectfully invited to attend.
THE LATE MR. CHARLES WEBB
The following notice of the late Mr. Charles WEBB is from the pen of one who knew him well, and is acquainted with the story of almost every settler. “Though premature in the announcement of the death of Mr. C. WEBB, yet, as it turns out, we anticipated but for a few days the actual event. We have now to announce that the deceased lingered in s state of semi-unconsciousness till yesterday, when he expired gently from sheer physical exhaustion. It will be known to many of our readers that Mr. WEBB ranked among the British emigrants of 1820, having come hither with the party of whom Major PIGOT was the recognised head. Located in Lower Albany, on a spot still known as Pigot Park, deceased from the outset distinguished himself not only as a well conducted man, but also for the quaint humour with which he bore and overcame all the difficulties and privations inseparable to an emigrant’s life in an untried country. These difficulties, however, were felt with more severity by the man with means than by those who had nothing to depend on save their skill as artisans, and their long habits of labour. Major PIGOT died early, and the party he brought with him was then speedily scattered. The subject of this notice repaired to Grahamstown, where for the last forty years he has been well known and as generally respected. He leaves behind him numerous family connections and a still larger circle of friends – by whom he will be long remembered as one who was ever ready to assist the needy, and to aid, as far as he had the means, in the advancement of everything tending to the moral and social improvement of the community. The water supply to the city seems to have engaged of late years his special attention, and the advice he from time to time tendered through the press may be adverted to with advantage, serving at the same time as a momento of his endeavour to be of some service to the community up to the latest moment of his life. Though never occupying a public position, he will be ever remembered as a good citizen, a friendly neighbour and an honest man. The funeral, we observe, is to take place tomorrow afternoon.